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the Daily Beast: To Be Young Was Very Heaven

"Punk, Springsteen, Patti Smith, and the legends that made New York music."

Looked at Will Hermes' Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever (Faber & Faber, 2011) for the Daily Beast:









A kid washes in from Jersey. He's weird-looking, with a not very urbane, sentimental aesthetic; he's backed by a neighborhood bar band. He drives home to Jersey after his gigs. There's another girl, also from Jersey, who moans her poetry to music, and thinks most mainstream music is full of shit. There's a maniac who rents Yankee Stadium, not knowing how to fill the seats. There's a Lower East Side bar, specializing in country and blues. There's a guy with some home stereo equipment, trying to carve out a living as a DJ. It's 2012, and they're all doomed. 

Or is it 1973? 

continued:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/11/28/must-read-books-by-will-hermes-lydia-millet-and-stuart-nadler.html